Hungary’s series of poor performances combined with shocking results continued on Thursday night as the national football team of Luxembourg deservedly defeated a lack-lustre Hungarian side 2-1 in a friendly encounter in the Josy Barthel Stadium of Luxembourg.
Prior to the game, Hungary was regarded as favorites, because they always defeated Luxembourg in the past and were 40 places ahead of the home team in the FIFA World Rankings. However, it was Luxembourg who took the lead on 15 minutes with a wonderfully taken goal from Auréllien Joachim. Hungary’s Nemanja Nikolics headed in the equaliser from a corner three minutes later. Eight minutes into the second half Hungary were reduced to 10 men when Gergő Lovrencsics was sent off following a second bookable offence. Luxembourg took advantage of their numerical superiority on 84 minutes when Marvin Martins scored the well-deserved winner with a diving header following a corner.
In this friendly game, Hungary was not yet managed by newly appointed national head coach George Leekens but interim head coach Zoltán Szélesi. However, just like in Andorra in June, the team delivered once again a so disappointing performance that can be hardly explained through the person of the head coach only. The players will have the chance to prove their worth last time this year in a Budapest friendly against Costa Rica next Tuesday.
Luxembourg – Hungary 2-1 (1-1)
Luxembourg, Josy Barthel Stadium, attandance: 1873, referee: Sébastien Delfériere (Belgium)
goals: Joachim (15.), M. Martins (85.), illetve Nikolics (18.)
sent off: Lovrencsics (53.)
Luxemburg: Anthony Moris – Christopher Martins (Dwayn Holter, 92.), Kevin Malget, Marvin Martins, Mathias Janisch (Dirk Carlson, 62.) – Mario Mutsch (Danel Sinani, 63.), Chris Philipps, Olivier Thill (Vincent Thill, a szünetben), Gerson Rodrigues (Daniel Da Mota, a szünetben) – Aurelien Joachim (Aldin Skenderovic, 88.), David Turpel
Hungary: Ádám Kovácsik – Gergő Lovrencsics, Zsolt Korcsmár, Tamás Kádár, Mihály Korhut – Ádám Nagy (Balázs Balogh, 83.), Máté Pátkai, Balázs Dzsudzsák (Stieber Zoltán, 84.) – Roland Ugrai (Bese Barnabás, 56.) , Nemanja Nikolics (Tamás Priskin, 74.), Krisztán Németh Krisztián (Roland Sallai, 63.)
via index.hu and mlsz.hu; featured photo: MTI